My handbag size is 36*22*54 cm (18"), it is a small size which is normally used as a handbag. But I like to feel free and don't want to have it with me all the trip. So I would like to check it in. Is it possible to check in these small sizes?! Or they will inforce me to use it as a handbag!

  • Which airline ?
    – blackbird
    Oct 2, 2015 at 17:39
  • It will probably be air france. or KLM
    – yaya
    Oct 2, 2015 at 17:42

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Yes. I have seen small bags that could have been carried going around on the baggage belt. I have personally checked a bag larger than a purse, but small enough that it could be carried on, on several occasions with several different airlines.

Some important considerations:

  • can you close it completely and securely? If you mean "handbag" like the North American word "purse", not all such bags zip shut, they may just have a clasp. You need to make sure nothing will fall out no matter how the bag is turned, dropped, thrown etc.
  • Does it have prominent handles (as some purses and backpacks do) that might catch on handling equipment? If so you should work out how to constrain them - bungee cords, wrapping in plastic, or the like
  • lithium batteries, including spare laptop batteries or external batteries for phones, are not allowed in checked luggage. If you have such things you will need to move them to whatever you are carrying on.
  • You may be charged a fee for each bag you check

Other than that I don't expect a problem. I have yet to meet an airline that had a minimum size limit for checked bags.

  • 1
    Yes, I too have checked-in 2 hand/cabin bags (out of 4 as me and my wife was allowed 4 in total) while coming to US from India via Emirates. Actually, in my case Airline crew member himself asked me that I can check-in hand bags (if I want) as a checked-in luggage, so I did.
    – Dhiman
    Oct 2, 2015 at 19:52
  • I have in fact been told that if my carry on size bag was under a certain weight I could check it for free with my other bags.
    – andrewmh20
    Oct 8, 2015 at 8:45

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